Paul Tamanian Biography

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Paul Tamanian has forged a robust sculptural vocabulary, resulting in a two-man show with Jim Dine and a cover article in American Style magazine. From larger than life forms to small, intimate works to exquisite wall pieces, the breadth of Tamanian's aspirations are now being felt. His work is unique in the art world, and is being recognized as such across the U.S.

There are two elements that power Tamanian's work: his relentless experiments with form and his scorched-earth surface treatments. At times Tamanian is able to make aluminum look as delicate and as fragile as glass; at other times his work exudes the roughness of clay or hewn stone.

Paul Tamanian's career has been soaring in the past few years and it is easy to see why. Look at the work. When you see a Tamanian no other artists spring to mind. This is because Paul Tamanian is creating a new language of metal and paint. It will take time for others to follow.

Born in New York, Paul Tamanian has lived in Florida since receiving his degree from Florida State University. He discovered an affinity for clay by attending a pottery class at a local community center. He moved rapidly from basic skills to technical innovation, and then from clay on to aluminum. From his first exhibition at a small gallery in Havana Florida, he has gone on to exhibit and sell works across the United States. He has been invited to show his works in the company of some of America's foremost craftsmen and artists, including William Morris, Jun Kaneko, and Richard Jolley. His works have been commissioned and acquired by noted private and corporate collections nationally.

Donald Miller, an art critic of the Naples Daily News and retired art and architecture critic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, comments:

''It is unusual for a ceramist to move from clay, a soft medium, to a shaped sheet aluminum.  Surprisingly, Tamanian has not only transferred his vessel forms into metal.  He has also developed glazes of found pigments resembling enamel.  The artist has produced a wide range of asymmetric triangular forms: swells and circular arches, as well as flat surfaces he frames to display outdoors.

His impressive harmonies recall Jackson Pollock's drip paintings.  But Tamanian has his own rhythmic lyricism.  Although random, his designs satisfy the eye because of their compositional balance.  

This extends to surfaces displaying the metal's polished sheen.  The artist engraves repeating geometric patterns on the aluminum, filling in with black, as the niello artists did.  Either way, Tamanian's work is totally seductive.''


          Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA 2013, 2014

          Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA, 2013, 2014

          Galleria Silecchia, Sarasota, FL 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. 2013, 2014

          GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

          Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2000, 2002, 2003,2004, 2005

          Rosen Museum, Boca Raton FL, 2008

          Crossroads Contemporary, Santa Fe NM, 2007

          Studio E Gallery, Jupiter FL 2004, 2007, 2009. 2011, 2012

          Gulf Coast Museum of Art 2006

          Armory Show, NYC, NY 2005

          Chicago SOFA, 2004, 2005

          Longstreth Goldberg Art, Naples, FL, 2004, 2005

          Seven-O-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2003

          Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2003

          Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL, 2003, 2004, 2005

          The Armory Show, New York, NY, 2003

          Albers Fine Art, Memphis, TN, 2003

          Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002

          Florida Capitol, Florida Department of State, 2001

          Neiman Hayden Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, 2000

          The Proctor Gallery, Sedona, AZ, 2000, 2003

          Southern Accents Designer House, Atlanta, GA, 2000

          Highline Gallery, Aspen, CO, 2000

          J. Cotter Gallery, Beaver Creek, CO, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014

          Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton, FL, 2000

          LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tallahassee, FL, 1993, 1999

          Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL, 1999

          Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, 1999

          Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1996, 1999

          Signature Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, 1998

          Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 1998

          Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 1997

          Newbill Collection by the Sea, Seaside, FL, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003

          Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1996

          621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, 1996

          Art Works, Jacksonville, FL, 1995

          Florida State Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL, 1995        

          Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA, 1994

          Thomasville Art Center, Thomasville, GA, 1994      

          Tallahassee City Hall, Tallahassee, FL, 1995, 1993

          The Nice Picture Gallery, Havana, FL, 1992


          Ajax Building Corporation, Tallahassee, FL

          Akatin Technologies, Portland, OR

          Arrow Alembik, P.A., Atlanta, GA

          Gary Alembik, P.A., Atlanta, GA

          Architectural Wood Designs, Tallahassee, FL

          Avon World Headquarters, New York, NY

          Dr. Wayne Batchelor, Tallahassee, FL

          Halle Barry, Atlanta, GA

          Dr. Michael & Colleen Block, New Orleans, LA

          Niles Bolton Associates, Atlanta, GA

          Barry Bostwick, Los Angeles, CA

          Bobby Bowden, Tallahassee, FL

          Brookdale Group, Atlanta, GA

          Dr. Craig Butler, Philadelphia, PA

          David Butler, ASID, Tallahassee, FL

          The Center for Dental Reconstruction, New Orleans, LA

          City of Tallahassee, FL

          Carson & Guest, Atlanta, GA

          Casa Deco, Miami, FL

          Dr. Kay Colvin, Tallahassee, FL

          Nicholas Clapham, P.A., Seattle, WA

          John Cram, Asheville, NC

          Culpepper Construction, Tallahassee, FL

          DataMaxx Corporation, Tallahassee, FL

          Robert Deison, Tallahassee, FL

          Delta Airlines, Atlanta, GA

          Dr. G. Powell Drennon, Tallahassee, FL

          Driver, McAfee, Peek & Hawthorne, P.L.

          Steven & Sue Ecenia, Tallahassee, FL

          Florida Commerce Credit Union Corporate Headquarters, FL

          Florida State University, Athletic Dept, Tallahassee, FL

          Florida State University, School of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL

          Florida State University, Wellness Center

          Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP, Atlanta, GA

          Frederick Gallery, St. Thomas, USVI

          The Gem Collection, Tallahassee, FL

          Burton and Barbara Gold, Atlanta, GA

          Fay Gold, Atlanta, GA

          Governance Inc, Tallahassee, Fl

          Mark Griesbach, AIA, Tallahassee, FL

          Jim Gray Designs, Tallahassee FL

          David & Rene Hanselman, Tallahassee, FL

          Fred & Lucy Harris, Quincy, FL

          Hermitage Center, Tallahassee, FL

          Highpoint Center, Tallahassee, FL

         Holland & Knight Law Firm, Tallahassee, FL

          Hopping, Green, Sams, Law Offices, PA

          IDC Corporation, Tallahassee, FL

          Brad Innes, AIA, Tallahassee, FL

          Inova Design Group, Tallahassee, FL

          IRBsearch, LLC

          Ivan Johnson, AIA, Tallahassee, FL

          Kanvas Beauty Inc.,  Tallahassee, FL

          Joel Katz, Atlanta, GA

          KD Design, Atlanta, GA

          Joel Kelly Design Studio, Atlanta, GA

          Dr. Joseph Kirn, DDS, New Orleans, LA

          Krause, Humphress, Pace & Wadsworth, Tallahassee, FL

          Landy Gardner Interiors, Nashville, TN

          Dr. Art & Susan Levy, Atlanta, GA

          John Lewis, Tallahassee, FL

          Lincoln Financial Media, Atlanta, GA

          Drs. Jessie Lovand-Kerr & Donald Kerr, Tallahassee, FL

          Dr. Kenneth J. McAlpine, Tallahassee, FL

          Kevin & Patricia McAlpine, Tallahasse, FL

         McConnaughhay, Roland, Maida & Cherry, Tallahassee, FL

          McKenzie Truck Lines, Tallahassee, FL

          Mad Dog Design Inc, Tallahassee, FL

          Dr. Kim Marcland, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

          David Monahan, MD, Tallahassee, FL

          Monroe Fine Art, Grand Rapids, MI

          Mutual Trust of America Securities, St. Petersburg/Tampa, FL

          Dr. Charles & Amy Newell, Tallahassee, FL

          Parmenter Realty Partners, Miami, FL

          James Norton Partners, Atlanta, GA

         The Partnership Design Firm, Atlanta, GA

           Proctor Cadillac, Tallahassee, FL

          Oetgen Design, Atlanta, GA

          John Olive, Colorado Golf Hall of Fame

          Red Hills Capital, Tallahassee, FL

          Katrina Riordan, ASID, Tallahassee, FL

          Ruthlege Ecenia & Purnell P.A.

          Secur America LLC, Atlanta, GA

          Neil Simon, New York, NY

          E.A. Star Interiors, Atlanta, GA

          Dr. Hardeep Singh

          Steve & Mifflin Uhfelder, Tallahassee, FL

          Skandia Design Group, Tallahassee, FL

          Suntrust Financial Center, Tampa, FL

          Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

          Tryst Salon, Tallahassee, FL  

          The Tupelo Group, Tallahassee, FL

          Dr. Joseph Tutton, Buffalo, NY

          Jill Vantosh, ASID, Tallahassee, FL

          Vivid Communications, Tallahassee, FL

          Don Vodicka, Tallahassee, FL          

          Kevin Wolman Design, Atlanta, GA

          Dr. Mary Jo Weale, Tallahassee, FL

          The Zimmerman Agency, Tallahassee, FL